1993 Leijonhelm (SE) Critical Role of Open Sources and Products in Economic Intelligence Cooperation Between Government and Industry

Commercial Intelligence, Government, Historic Contributions
Jan Leijonhelm
Jan Leijonhelm

1993 Petersen A New Twenty-First Century Role for the Intelligence Community

Government, Historic Contributions
John Petersen
John Petersen

John has done some futures work and thought critically about both early warning and “wild card” surprises.  See our reviews of his books in the Reviews section.  Below is a piece he did for the OSS Conference.

21st Century New Role
21st Century New Role

1993 Alvin Toffler on National Knowledge Power

About the Idea, Collective Intelligence, Government, Historic Contributions
1993 Alvin & Heidi Toffler
1993 Alvin & Heidi Toffler

John Perry Barlow: Why Spy?

Government, Ineptitude, IO Impotency
John Perry Barlow

Why Spy?

John Perry Barlow

Forbes, 10.07.02

If the spooks can’t analyze their own data, why call it intelligence?

For more than a year now, there has been a deluge of stories and op-ed pieces about the failure of the American intelligence community to detect or prevent the September 11, 2001, massacre. Nearly all of these accounts have expressed astonishment at the apparent incompetence of America’s watchdogs.

I’m astonished that anyone’s astonished.

The visual impairment of our multitudinous spookhouses has long been the least secret of their secrets. Their shortcomings go back 50 years, when they were still presumably efficient but somehow failed to detect several million Chinese military “volunteers” heading south into Korea. The surprise attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were only the most recent oversight disasters. And for service like this we are paying between $30 billion and $50 billion a year. Talk about a faith-based initiative.

After a decade of both fighting with and consulting to the intelligence community, I’ve concluded that the American intelligence system is broken beyond repair, self-protective beyond reform, and permanently fixated on a world that no longer exists.

Read full article.

1992 Donahue (US) “There is PLENTY of Money for Open Source”

Government, Historic Contributions
Chief, C4I
Chief, C4I

Arnie Donahue was the only person in the Office of Management and Budget with ALL of the CODEWORD compartments.  He knew where every dollar was going, at the time $30 billion or so.  When he stood up and said “There is PLENTY of Money for Open Source,” there was an ambient chill.  Everyone wanted to know what Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) was, but no one wanted to pay for it “out of hide.”  He and his boss at the time, Don Gessaman, were instrumental in establishing in the year 2000, at the direction of Sean O’Keefe,  Code M320 for all DoD expenditures on OSINT, a time bomb that is about to explode (or a bill that is about to come due, as it were).

Plenty of Money for Open Source
Plenty of Money for Open Source

1992 AIJ Winter National Security Act of 1992

Articles & Chapters, Government
AIJ Win 92
AIJ Win 92

1992 Shepard (US) Intelligence Analysis in the Year 2002

Government, Historic Contributions
Andy Shepard
Andy Shepard

1992 Strassmann (US) on Defense Information Productivty

Government, Historic Contributions
Paul Strassmann
Paul Strassmann

Paul Strassman, CIO of Xeroc before becoming the Defense Information Officer, was an open-minded person who encouraged iconoclosts to submit their ideas.  He did listen.  What we have all learned over time is that organizations that do not have adaptive cultures will always allow “corporatism” to create fatal grid-lock.  We knew all we needed to know in 1991-1992 to change the world forever, using information as a global strategic asset.  See REF A and RE B in References.  Here is his take on it in 1992.

Defense Information Productivity
Defense Information Productivity

1969 Herman L. Croom, The Exploitation of Foreign Open Sources

Advanced Cyber/IO, Ethics, Government
Click on Image to Enlarge
Click on Image to Enlarge

PDF:  1969 Croom Open Source Agency

Original Online Source (GWU.EDU/~NSARCHIV)

Phi Beta Iota:  We are indebted to Dr. Hamilton Bean, who discovered this document in the course of doing research for his superb book, the first authentic book on open source intelligence in the context of a secret world that would rather be blind, deaf, and dumb, as long as it could do so as expensively as possible, and of course with impunity.

See Also:

Review (Guest): No More Secrets – Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence

Review: No More Secrets – Open Source Information and the Reshaping of U.S. Intelligence

Review: Open Source Intelligence in a Networked World